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Lehigh Valley Cup team sees run end

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic came to a surprising end last week when Lehigh Valley lost a three-run lead in the seventh inning and was eliminated by Tri Cape, 8-7, on Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

“They were a good team. We only beat them 1-0 the game before,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They keep coming, and you have to stop them.”

Tri Cape scored first, but Lehigh Valley took a 3-1 lead. The two teams traded runs and were tied 4-4 after five innings.

Mya Zettlemoyer (Allentown Central Catholic) broke the tie in the sixth inning with an RBI, and Lehigh Valley was back on top.

Lehigh Valley scored two more runs in the top of the seventh inning, making the score 7-4, but Tri Cape tied the game in the bottom of the seventh and then won on a 2 RBI single.

“If only you could take back a handful of plays,” Morgan said. “These kids give up their time after a long high school season, a long summer season, and Mondays (the start of the Carpenter Cup) are usually their day off, but they played.”

Kylie Hlay (Parkland), Peyton Stauffer (Salisbury), and Abbey Sechler (Parkland) all had triples against Tri Cape. Hlay’s triple came in the seventh inning, and she scored Lehigh Valley’s final run on a fielder’s choice.

Kelly Dulaney (Parkland) and Hlay each had a double in the game.

The end of the road for Lehigh Valley came fast, and even after playing four games in one day, the team wanted to continue.

“They were great,” said Morgan. “We have good softball in this area, and people look at the name on their jerseys, and I’m sure they think, do they play hard, do they play the right way, are they respectful?”

After Lehigh Valley coming in fourth the last two years Morgan would like to make a breakthrough, but more than anything, he will see next year as another opportunity to work with great kids.